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Fall 2010 - 61037 - PA388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy

Issues in U.S. Immigration Policy

Instructor(s): Matwiczak, Kenneth
Unique Number: 61037
Day & Time: W 2:00 - 5:00 pm
Room: SRH 3.316/350
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Course Overview

Topics for these policy seminars have included environmental and natural resources policy, health-service delivery policy, social welfare policy, transportation policy, science and technology policy, international affairs, national security, urban and regional growth policy, and political campaigns.


Section Description

In recent years we witnessed the creation of a large number of state immigration policies, and a push for more involvement by the federal government in controlling our borders. States are increasingly active on this policy topic, while the federal government has generally been unable to reach a consensus on how to best tackle the issue. Myriad concerns over issues such as employment, health care, educational opportunities and border protection influence the development of immigration and immigrant policy. Experts are at odds as to how these issues impact the national debate.  This class will attempt to contribute to the discussion by adding to the student knowledge on selected “hot button” immigration issues.

Class Format: This is a speaker-series course enhanced by student-led discussion, policy-making simulations, and in-depth examination of topics relevant to the immigration policy debate. Dr. Matwiczak will proctor the course, but responsibility of class discussions and interaction with class speakers rests on the students.
Readings: Materials for each week will be posted on Blackboard. Students will be in charge of class discussions and will be required to select and assign an additional reading for class use, depending on the topic of the day and the invited speaker.
Potential/Tentative Topics List:
(Please note that due to the nature of the course, the topics and speakers are subject to change without notice.)
A City’s Response to Its Immigrant Population
Gateway Cities: Where Immigrants are Entering and Settling
Federalism in the Immigration Debate/Constitutional Rights of Immigrants
Border Policy Issues
Current State Policy Developments (Arizona, Texas, etc.)
Public Benefits for Immigrants in Texas
Unintended Consequences of Immigration Policy
Key Issues at Work in the Immigration Debate
Dream Act/ In-State Tuition for Undocumented Students
The Impact of Mexican Immigration on the U.S. Policy Debate
Immigrant Vote and its Effects on National Policy:
Guest Worker Programs